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Old 06-14-2013, 08:25 PM   #1
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Give up on planning - last-minute ride to Mexico

Hi everyone!

I'm Charlie. Long time lurker, occasional buyer, and aspiring traveler.

I've been planning numerous trips for the last 5+ years, and never actually did anything worth posting about.

Last Thursday, my stress level at work at an all-time peak, I decided "screw it, I'm going on a trip."

I'm now in Day 1 of "unplanned, just fucking go to Mexico for 2 weeks."

Day 1 report, coming up.
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:28 PM   #2
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Day 1, Trundling Along, Way Too Fast.

From: http://charlierides.com/travelogue/m...-way-too-fast/

It’s 8pm. I’m sun burnt on my wrists, sore, and pooped.

I wasn’t sure how far I’d go the first day. Ended up riding about 600 miles, mostly because I got annoyed toward the end.

But I was annoyed much earlier – I-5 (enough said?). I headed East at Bakersfield… well, I don’t need to describe the route; look here: http://share.findmespot.com/shared/f...PjuVJDpUCSUlGW

Once I got past Pasadena, the temperature — which I thought was already insane — decided it shouldn’t be below my body temperature any more. Nay, it should be 10 degrees warmer. I can’t wait to get farther south, into the jungle-y area, where it doesn’t get above 90˚.

So I’m currently in a hotel in Westmorland, CA, about 60 miles from the border. Had a nice ribeye & veggies dinner, and I’m trying to drink a 1.5 litre water I paid $3 for.

Here is the view (yay, a blurry cell phone picture!):


Tomorrow, I should try to get to Hermosillo – even though it’s 450 miles away. AFTER THAT, I should be able to slow down — I’ll be on the coast, with lots of interesting things to see, and much better weather. We’ll see :)
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:31 PM   #3
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It will be hot. Hermosillo will likely top 110 tomorrow - again. Carry lots of agua
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:34 PM   #4
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It will be hot. Hermosillo will likely top 110 tomorrow - again. Carry lots of agua
Yay! I have a 3-litre camel back, thankfully.
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:41 PM   #5
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And, for the record, Westmorland, CA, does not sell sunscreen.

First, how do you describe sunscreen to a spanish speaker? Sol .. blocker. "nada sol *points at sunburn*" seemed to work.

None of the 4 stores in town sells it. Apparently sunscreen isn't needed in one of the hottest places on earth :)
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:19 AM   #6
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Good luck!

I just have this strange feeling that this might be good. I hope things go good for you the whole way, especially after you reach cooler climates.

Good luck and stay safe,

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Old 06-15-2013, 12:34 PM   #7
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From Hermosillo consider heading east on Route 16 into the Sierra and towards Creel in Copper Canyon. Much cooler than heading down the coast to Mazatlan. From there you can stay in the higher altitudes and see Colonial Mexico.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:04 PM   #8
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From Hermosillo consider heading east on Route 16 into the Sierra and towards Creel in Copper Canyon. Much cooler than heading down the coast to Mazatlan. From there you can stay in the higher altitudes and see Colonial Mexico.
I just got back from Creel and Hermosillo last week and MX 16 was a blast. Stayed in a cabin in Creel and slept with the door open and no AC. Wonderful weather. Great advice. Beautiful country, nice people and the mountain roads are incredible. Have a nice trip.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:35 PM   #9
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:43 PM   #10
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I just have this strange feeling that this might be good. I hope things go good for you the whole way, especially after you reach cooler climates.

I'm in.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:02 PM   #12
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So much to consider (heading East on 16, that is).

I shall eat, and ponder.

(I'm in Hermosillo now!)
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:21 PM   #13
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So much to consider (heading East on 16, that is).

I shall eat, and ponder.

(I'm in Hermosillo now!)
It's schweady ball weather along the coast right now. You encountered the heat coming down through the desert. It does not get cooler, but it does get more humid along the coast.
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:44 PM   #14
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It's schweady ball weather along the coast right now. You encountered the heat coming down through the desert. It does not get cooler, but it does get more humid along the coast.
Well, weather reports I'm reading are definitely below 107˚ :)
Though, factoring in humidity, it probably doesn't feel any cooler.

I can't decided what to do, so I'm thinking I'll hang out tomorrow in Hermosillo, take in the sights, and delay the decision.
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:01 PM   #15
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Well, weather reports I'm reading are definitely below 107˚ :)
Though, factoring in humidity, it probably doesn't feel any cooler.

I can't decided what to do, so I'm thinking I'll hang out tomorrow in Hermosillo, take in the sights, and delay the decision.
Good choice. Have a few fermented beverages and see how it goes. Have fun whatever you do!
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